In the dog's world, what's their concept of size? Do large dogs bully small dogs? My puppy is about ready to meet other dogs, but because he is very very small, should I be worried when he meets larger dogs? Will he get bullied? Should I be very careful when he is close to bigger dogs?
We adopted him not even a month ago though, so I'm not sure if it's something that will change over time. Knowing his personality though, and the fact that our Papillon pretty much kicks his butt left and right, along with the fact that he follows her around the house with love sick eyes, kind of tells me that she's always going to be the boss.
She is really small, but for some reason it's like she's always thought that she is bigger than she actually is. When we encounter strangers she's always quick to growl or bark, as if she was going to save my life, meanwhile she begins to back up or hide behind my legs.
It's kind of embarrassing actually, to be up at the bus stop with her waiting for my son, and have her bark at some big rottweiler like she's going to actually DO something to it.
I think for the most part it depends on the dog and the environment it is used to. I would be careful introducing any dog to another, In general, it seems to be the the smaller dogs having more control over the larger dogs. I will say though, my golden retriever has gone after a carin terrier before, and it was not a good situation. The Carin had to be rushed to immediate care and have surgery. It was horrible.
***Edited By: jaboeh02 on 12/1/2006 8:22:21 PM*** Reason: *
I'd say it's not about size, but about the how dominant the dogs are...or think they are lol. Like...Chihuahuas, for instance, are quite dominant, and they'd probably boss around dogs four times their size. I'd say it's mostly the small dogs doing the bullying, lol.
My pomeranian has been attacked by a boxer before. The boxer managed to pick him up, throw him by the collar (which he also ripped), and my dog ran all the way home, by the time I got home he was sitting on my front stoop shivering. He didn't try to fight back but he was really shaken up for a good week around dogs.
A few years ago, my dad was walking my Lhasa Apso and met up with a neighbor that was walking his German Shep. off leash on a trail. My dad went to pick up Spanky and the neighbor said it was ok and that his dog would be fine. So my dad put him down and the two dogs smelled each other. Spanky lost interest and started smelling the grass instead. All of a sudden the gs grabbed Spanky by the neck, like a rag doll, shook him like a puppy would a toy. My dad and the neighbor were wrestling with the GS trying to get him to open his mouth. Eventually, the GS let go and thankfully Spanky was ok. He was very sore afterwards, but didn't have any serious injuries. He was VERY shaken up after that and would run and hide if he saw a big dog. He was never like that before and totally had the Napolean complex.
Just be very careful. Some people said that little dogs bully the big ones, but a big dog is still a big dog.
***Edited By: puppylove519 on 12/3/2006 1:27:01 PM*** Reason: typo
" Usually its the little dogs bullying the big dogs.... "
so true riley ! rocky, our male frenchie, thinks he is the man in charge. he tries to boss harley. our gsd. sometimes , and for no reason, he will take little hops and bites at harleys face. or he will stand over harley when he's laying down, ears back, and paws at the ground like a bull ready to charge. harley just takes it all in stride.
Hehe interesting stories! Yesturday I took Chocho (my yorkie) to my friend's and they have a cat 5 times chocho's size. My dog seems to be scared of the cat, he just back of after smelling the cat. The scary thing is that cat sneaks up on my dog when my dog's not looking... so i just pick chocho up.....dno't know what the cat would do if i don't.
There is some kind of... ahh I don't know what it is, in the class before Riley's. Smaller than Jasmine. He was sniffing Riley, started growling and attacked him for no apparent reason. Riley just wagged his tail lol.
I have a 14 lb pug/terrier and he doesnt care how big the other dog is, he wants to play. So far most of the time the other much larger dogs have generally ignored him. The one who plays with him, just sits there and pushes him around the room with his nose while rocky continually trys to jump on him and chew on his ear. Many large breeds are very passive dogs. It depends more on the dog than the breed,
"i just pick chocho up.....dno't know what the cat would do if i don't. "
BBkoo... I know you love your dog, but you need to let him figure the world out for himself. You will have a very unbalanced dog if he doesn't even get to experience a nice meeting with a cat. Let him sniff it, the cat probably is not going to attack. If it is aggressive, then you can intervene. Until then, let the little guy see the world.
You will otherwise have a fear biter who has separation anxiety on your hands. You can't pick him up for the rest of his life.